Elder Knight wrote:
Okay, but if you cut the risible stuff out of TFF, you'll have trouble filling out a movie-length slot! So, I'd opt to flesh out the characters.
But there's no way to film new material with the actors being a quarter-century older or dead. And inserting some kind of viewscreen infodump would be terribly awkward. There's no realistic way of adding any story content. Visuals can be altered, special effects added, but otherwise it's just a matter of rearranging the material that already exists.
Anyway, the existing cut is an hour and 47 minutes long. A lot of movies are as short as 90 minutes. Better a tight, compact movie than one padded out to a greater running length than it needs (although that seems to be a dying philosophy in the feature film industry today).